What is that expression, a watched pot never boils? The more I think about how much I am not blogging the more blogging posts resonate with me! Life is full of cycles with focuses fading in and out. I am seeing out inspiration when I am very acutely aware that it must come from within.
I am really hoping that my upcoming trip to Paris will be just what the doctor ordered. In the meantime, here are this week’s Saturday Six, a collection of posts that resonated with me recently
 It is the simple things in life that will keep you happy from day to day. Nothing is simpler than a smile. When things go wrong and life gets you down, facing it with a smile just makes it that much easier to conquer. It isn’t easy, but it is so worth it. I love this essay from Leo Babatua of Zen Habits which offers a simple reminder of that.
 I don’t like to dwell on the past. What could have been. What I should have done. I endeavor to live my life purposefully, mistakes and all. That also means that I am in a constant state of moving forward. Things may be marked off a virtual checklist, but those are usually only to be replaced by new ones. I think that is why I really enjoyed Chris Brogan’s post, “A Thousand Before and After Pictures” because it illustrates that life is really all about transitions. To celebrate what is and what is ahead of you.
 As I wade through my mini blog crisis, posts like “Your Blogging Voice: Pour Your Heart Out” from Things I Can’t Say are really inspiring. It is so easy to fall into the trap of looking outward instead of in, which is why nearly five years into this blog I still remember the words from my very first blog conference spoken by Velveteen Mind, OWN IT. Shel’s post reminded me to not feel obligated by anything else than myself. (Here is an oldie but goodie that encapsulates more on this topic.)
 People are constantly seeking to define bloggers and the blogosphere. It is human nature to want to understand any popular phenomena. We must categorize things, dissect them to figure out how or why they function. I think the best analogy I have ever seen for bloggers is one I recently read from All Things Fadra. In “A Blogger’s Sense of Entitlement,” Fadra compares bloggers to actors and it is brilliant. She nailed it.
 Social media is in a constant state of change. New platforms launch every week (dare I say every day?) and it is so easy to get sucked into them. Sometimes it is just simpler to spend an hour on Facebook-Pinterest-Instagram than to spend an hour (often more) writing a blog post. These channels are a necessary (and fun!) evil that support blogs (hub and spoke model) but the blog needs attention too! That is exactly what Julochka of Moments of Perfect Clarity is lamenting in her post “blogs are being diluted by other social media” and I would have to say I agree!
 I want to end on a happy note and nothing made me happier this week than this adorable post on Paris dogs from Lindsey of Lost in Cheeseland. There is a magical spot across the street from Verjus where a wonderful set of dogs meets every day. Go see.
That’s it for this week!
How about you? Have any good posts you discovered in your blogosphere journeys that you want to share? How do you discover new blogs?
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